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Best Bistro restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area


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A photo of Villon restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Californian • Downtown / Union Square
Booked 7 times today
Took my mom out for the afternoon tea. Food was fantastic! The little sandwiches were really good and the pastries were great. My only complaint about the food was the bread was a little dry on the sandwiches. The teas were lovely as well. Service was… fine. My biggest complaint was that it was really slow. I don’t know if that’s how long their tea service normally is or there was something else going on, but it seemed to be taking s while for everyone. The time between the tea being served, the sandwiches being served, and the pastries was really long. Overall we were there for 2 hours. It took about a half hour before my water was refilled, but to be fair I did have tea. It also took until we were almost done for the tea to be refreshed with hot water and by that time it was lukewarm for a while. We weren’t told what the sandwiches were, which would have been nice, and the man who brought the pastries out described some of the items incorrectly so there was some type of miscommunication there. However the other woman who was on service was very knowledgeable. All that being said, everyone was friendly and helpful. Personally, I think it was a little overpriced. Considering the price was on par with The Palace Hotel’s, I think the standards need to be a little higher. I thought tea was enjoyable, but not enjoyable enough to pay nearly $200 for 2 after tip. I am interested in coming back for dinner though.
A photo of Reve restaurant
Price: Very Expensive
• French • Lafayette
Booked 26 times today
As always, a great dining experience with outstanding food, service and harp music.
A photo of Park & Howard Bistro restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Bistro • Burlingame
Booked 19 times today
Really nice place for a team outing. They set us up in a separate room, the food was great, the service first class. Would definitely go again and recommend it to friends and coworkers.
A photo of Mathilde French Bistro restaurant
Price: Very Expensive
• French • SOMA
Booked 3 times today
I had a hankering for mussels since I haven't eaten any locally for years because of one too many times of getting bad mussels. We had amazing mussels when we were traveling throughout Lisbon and Dublin recently so I thought it was time to try home again. Of course I aimed for the best established french place I could find (which wasn't extremely expensive) and Mathilde came up in 1st place for me. Soooo glad we went. Excellent service-waitstaff efficiently and intuitively knew when to come and clear dishes, fill water, take drink/food orders, etc. All friendly and knowledgable willing to answer any questions. Food was fantastic most especially the mussels which had the kind of soupy sauce that you want to sop up with bread after you finish all the mussels. I had duck confit (YES! Get it!) and hubby had a salmon risotto special that night which he loved. The lobster sauce in his dish was out of this world divine. We had a most enjoyable evening and will go again and again!
A photo of The Dorian restaurant
Price: Moderate
• American • Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
Booked 7 times today
Good food, nice service. Will be back!
A photo of Isa restaurant
Price: Moderate
• French / American • Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
Booked 6 times today
A nice French place in the Marina, reasonable prix fixe menu, and a good selection of drinks and cocktails.
A photo of Central Park Bistro restaurant
Price: Moderate
• American • San Mateo
Booked 21 times today
Love their food and their staff. Especially recommend the Duck Ragout!
A photo of Farm and Vine restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Farm-to-table • Burlingame
Booked 6 times today
We like to eat early and enjoy a quiet dinner. The food was delicious
A photo of 3SIXTY Bar / Bistro / Market restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Californian • Burlingame
Booked 3 times today
Hector was amazing Thank you for making the last night of our vacay special
A photo of Bistro Vida restaurant
Price: Moderate
• French • Menlo Park
Booked 22 times today
Wonderful Menlo Park French restaurant to take friends family and special occasion celebration. I don’t get hungry again 1/2 hr after leaving Bistro Vida, like other fine dining restaurant!
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